Gin Tama Cast Plastered in Akihabara

Remember 2006? The bird flu panic, Pluto stripped of its planet status, the Nintendo Wii! Oh, and the Gin Tama anime began airing. Akihabara takes us back in time with posters to celebrate the December 17th release of the Season 1 Blu-ray box set. That's 49 episodes of freelancers struggling to scrape by with the other seasons on the way.

To find the posters, turn right out of the Electric Town exit and head towards Chuo-dori. You should see these cylindrical monoliths lining the street. Pro-tip: they double as public wi-fi access points. Gintoki and his gang would never pass up on a freebie, would they?

News Roundup for December 18th, 2014

Haruhi Without the SOS Brigade

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

Can you maintain your faith in Haruhiism given that the new TV series, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, isn't being produced by KyoAni? Satelight takes charge of the original cast in this anime adaptation of the spin-off manga set in the Disappearance arc of the novels. This alternative reality story gives us a different take on Nagato, so maybe it's OK to have different staff as well.

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Cuddling Evolved

Bibi Lab dakimakura
Bibi Lab dakimakura

Bibi Lab keeps you warm through the cold winter nights with their master-class dakimakura. Make them cosplay, hold a guitar--or you!--and use them as a headrest. You know, everything a good boyfriend or girlfriend would put up with. All these features and more without the static shock!

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There's No Way My Little Sister Can Be This Lazy

Himouto! Umaru-chan

Some things about a girl only her older brother can know. Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about the sibling gag manga Himouto! Umaru-chan, where the cute and popular kid sister turns into a cola-guzzling SD slug the minute she gets home. Meet a kid sister who's not garbage when the anime adaptation hits next year.

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Behold, My True Form!

Hunter x Hunter Bisky figure

If you thought Gon's transformation was frightening just wait until you get a load of Bisky! Head over to the Premium Bandai homepage for product details but, uh, don't tell her that we made fun of her painted-in muscle details, OK?

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A Charming Timepiece

Char custom G-shock

Still wearing that cheapo Timex with the skinny strap you bought in junior high? Acknowledge the mistakes of one's youth by upgrading to this Char custom G-Shock. A watch that runs three times faster than normal isn't useful at keeping time but people will look up to you as an otaku fashion leader!

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Tamayura movie series

Dust off your vintage camera because Tamayura is coming back in 2015 for a four-part film series. It's business as usual at the photography club even with Kanae's departure and two new members joining, but with graduation only a year away Fuu and the others have to start thinking about the future. Follow their journey of self-discovery in real time when the first movie opens on April 4th.

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New-Type Underboob

God Eater 2 Alisa Ichiban Kuji

The upcoming God Eater 2 Ichiban Kuji line is the perfect way to get your hands on the SD rubber straps, microfiber towels and decorated glasses you've always wanted. Don't be shy, I know you're all actually after the Alisa figure!

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Tari Tari Exhibit Goes Back to the Beach

Taritari surfboard

Surf's up! Well, it is in the world of Tari Tari anyway. This slice-of-life-on-the-beach show from summer 2012 hits all the notes you'd expect from a P.A. Works production--a sleepy rural town, beautiful backgrounds and a cast of high school kids discovering what it means up grow up. 

The Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara celebrates the new Blu-ray box set with a retrospective exhibit. Let's travel back in time to see what came before Nagi-Asu and Glasslip

Tari Tari takes place on the island of Enoshima, a popular tourist destination located a quick hour outside Tokyo. As with other P.A. Works titles the meticulous location scouting pays off with environments that reflect the beauty of their real world counterparts.

The show taught me something invaluable--to follow my dreams no matter what the people above me may say. If I had listened to my parents, teachers and bosses I wouldn't be a writer for the Amiami Blog. And what kind of world would that be? Find your niche, dear reader, and explore it. 

Event dates: December 9th-December 17th
Address: 4-14-1 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Akihabara UDX Building 4F
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed Monday
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Preview: Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- Ikazuchi 1/7 Complete Figure by PULCHRA

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

This is Meshi, here to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews. Kantai Collection has brought about a radical paradigm shift in the modern lexicon. Words like "destroyer," "torpedoes" and "poop deck" have taken on a whole new meaning after being attached to Kanmusu. At this rate it's only a matter of time before "war" comes to mean "love and peace." Let's dig in!

Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- Ikazuchi 1/7 Complete Figure [PULCHRA]

Hoist anchor and set course for kawaii!

Ikazuchi's still growing into her special issue uniform but she's not too young to fight--just ask her 61cm triple torpedo mounts (which, by the way, are as loaded with detail as they are with explosives). Though nothing on her rig can compete with the firepower of her yaeba!

Watch out, she's rolling up her sleeves and she's got your heart in her sights, admiral!

We don't get to see much of her rig in game. Thanks to the miracle of 3D modeling it's all here in figure form! The torpedo tubes, chimney and turret arm give us a healthy dose of realistic mecha while the gold propeller sends my moe radar into a frenzy.

Her tiny frame isn't what you’d expect from a destroyer class Kanmusu. Don't fret--closer inspection of her hull shows she's secretly developing a new type of torpedo for her arsenal.

I can suspend belief enough to accept someone swinging around an anchor with twig arms but I just can't believe that anybody could be so darned adorable while doing it!

Let's not forget the base! Our intelligence report tells us that the compass moves and even makes sounds!

Display her with Inazuma-chan (sold separately) to bring out the best from both girls' personalities! Oh, and check back soon for a full Inazuma review!

Commander, you're alright. Of course, it's because I'll be beside you soon!

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News Roundup for December 17th, 2014

Starry-eyed Bishoujo

Subaru and Gainax finally deliver on their Houkago no Pleiades (Wish Upon the Pleiades) project they teased back in 2011! The first trailer for the TV series introduces the magical girls and their adorable animal mascot who's so cute it pukes rainbows. The high flying hijinks begin next spring.

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Sweet Enough to Cause Cavities

Kero-chan Ichiban Kuji
Kero-chan Ichibankuji 2

Kero-chan loves to eat and I love to see him smile! Give him all he can eat with this new line of Cardcaptor Sakura Ichiban Kuji character prizes. Aside from the stuffed animals stuffing their faces, you can also win a tea pot, tea cups and doilies to throw this Clow Card guardian the best tea party ever!

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Steal That Look

Love Live! Bibi and Beams
Love Live! Lili White and Honey Bunch

When the photos of the Printemps members voguing for Earth Music & Ecology came out yesterday we should have known that the other girls were also due for a makeover. Today Bandai blew the lid off their ABC Project that teams up μ's units and fashion brands with these shots of Bibi sporting Beams and Lili White done up in Honey Bunch from head to toe. How about it, do they out-style K-On!?

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Soul of My Blade

Shinken mobile game

Here's one elevator pitch that's guaranteed never to fail: "High school girls and samurai swords." Cha-ching, consider it money in the bank. Shinken!!, the upcoming browser game from DMM, pits anthro-moe versions of historic Japanese blades against a fairy army who rode in on a meteor. Pre-registration is open so line up now to taste their steel.

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Beauty and the Beasts

Saiai Meruhen: Lotte Forest no Douwa
Saiai Meruhen: Lotte Forest no Douwa 2

Romance is about to get hairy with Saiai Meruhen: Lotte Forest no Douwa. Young Mel, a gentle girl of German and Japanese parents, is sucked into a fairy tail storybook where everyone treats her like a princess--but that doesn't guarantee a happy ending. Find your furry prince charming in this smartphone otome game next February.

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Horsing Around


Look like you work part-time at an ero-dojin shop with this Uma no Hone smock. You can win it and other Denkigai no Honya-san merch at Tora no Ana, the real-world store that the show is based on. Sorry, shrink-wrapped 18+ manga not included.

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